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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Charles Fisher analyzes the inside zone blitz in his third defensive tutorial.

• Rob Moseley previews the offensive line as we head into fall camp next week.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Oregon's offensive line since Chip Kelly arrived has been able to thrive without needing superstar, NFL-ready bodies up front (the sort every team in the country tries to recruit, and which aren't exactly plentiful in the Northwest). Fisher looks like he could break the mold eventually, but for now this looks like another solid UO offensive line more than capable of protecting the quarterbacks and opening up holes for the backs and receivers, particularly given what should be improved depth over last season. If vets like Greig and Stevens, plus new faces such as Johnstone and Euscher, can give York, Cody and company a break every few series, the group will be that much more effective.

Brandon P. Oliver looks at a pretty impressive list of bowl appearances by the Ducks in the last 24 years.

• According to a survey conducted by The Sporting News, Oregon is a popular choice among high school recruits.

• Senior DE Dion Jordan has been named to his fourth preseason watch list. This time to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award.

• Ted Miller reports the Pac-12 boasts some of the top rusing attackes in the country where you will find Oregon listed as number three.

Even though LaMichael James is gone at Oregon -- taking his league-leading 1,805 yards, 7.3 average and 18 touchdowns with him -- the Ducks will still be one of the nation's top rushing teams with Kenjon Barner headlining the attack. Barner rushed for 939 yards on 152 carries with 11 touchdowns. 

And then there is the always potent De'Anthony Thomas -- who can line up anywhere and can turn the most simple play into a long touchdown. The Ducks blew away the rest of the conference in terms of rushing offense last season -- totaling 4,189 yards (299.2 per game) on the ground. Stanford was a distant second with 2,738. Finding a third and fourth option will be key though, which head coach Chip Kelly addressed at Pac-12 media day last week. And Barner said all the things you'd expect from someone replacing an Oregon legend: "I'll be called upon more often now, but it's nothing new. [It's] not too much pressure at all....


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

I always enjoy Ted Miller's writing before (and during really) the season. He's great.